As we continue to encourage all Manatee County residents to #SupportLocal, we think it’s important to get to know the people behind some of the area’s best businesses! Welcome to this week’s edition of Discover Bradenton’s Business Owner Spotlight.
We were excited to have a chance to catch up with Melissa Challis, owner of MAC Portrait. Here’s what she had to say…
Can you tell us a little bit about your business?
MAC Portrait offers women the opportunity to not only be themselves but rise to the occasion and let their imagination run free. Where they can play dress-up with gorgeous dresses and stunning outfits. When they get to relax with a glass of bubbly and have their hair and makeup styled, their confidence grows.
What is it about your business that makes you so passionate?
|I want to be the start of healing for women like me. It took nearly 35 years of emotional soul searching to figure out where it all went wrong. I was essentially given back the permission to feel joy again. I want all women to know they can feel and see that joy again. And it starts with them.|
What’s your favorite thing about owning a business in Bradenton?
|The variety of people and their different backgrounds has been exciting. So many people have been open and inviting to me. It makes me want to do the same in return.|
What do you want people to know about your business?
|It can be scary to do something so big and luxurious, but just know that you won’t do this alone. All your questions will be answered. We will go over every step together and discuss in detail your dreams, your vision, your portraits. Let me show you how I can serve you best.|
What’s your favorite way to #SupportLocal?
|To patronize their establishment, if possible. But I love to share posts I see online. Baby testimonials!|
Melissa is an award-winning portrait photographer, storyboard artisan, and content creator helping women be seen within beautiful legacy images, feel worthy of a luxury experience, all while teaching her clients to love themselves. To learn more, visit her website and follow MAC Portrait on Facebook!